Spark of electricity
Chevrolet has just revealed the electric vehicle version (EV) of the Spark ahead of its actual debut at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show.
With the Volt, Chevrolet accounts for more than 50 percent of all plug-in electric vehicle sales in the United States. The upcoming Spark EV builds on Chevrolet's proven electric motor and battery development programs, and is set to go on sale mid next year. The 5-seat EV hatchback will be the first car to be offered with SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers) Combo DC Fast Charging capability enabling the Spark EV to reach 80-percent battery charge in just 20 minutes.
“When you engineer a technology filled, all-electric mini car that goes from zero-to-60 mph (98 km/h) in less than eight seconds, customers won’t miss the gas,” said Mark Reuss, president, General Motors North America. “The Volt and now the Spark EV show that Chevrolet not only knows EVs better than anyone else, we also know how to help customers get the most out of their EV experience.”
Inside the Spark EV, critical vehicle functions displayed on one of the vehicle's two reconfigurable, high-resolution, seven-inch colour LCD screens, including a confidence gauge that shows the expected driving range based on driving habits and other conditions.
In addition to previously announced markets including California and South Korea, Spark EV will also go on sale in participating dealerships throughout Oregon, Canada and other global markets. It will reportedly be priced under US$25,000.